Flooding in Venice

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Earlier this morning,  November 12th, 2019, there was a heavy rainstorm in Italy that penetrated into the city of Venice. The high waters raised up to 3-4 feet and it invaded cafes, stores, schools, and churches such as the St Mark’s Basilica. This rainfall has closed all schools in Venice and in other towns such as Matera, Taranto, Pozzallo, Noto, and Brindisi. 

flooded shops in Venice

In Venice, there are several places that are currently flooded such as the St Mark’s Square with 1.4 meters ( 4.5 feet ) and the St Mark’s Basilica.  The tourists are now walking around St Mark’s Square with boots, raincoats, and umbrellas. The hotels in Venice have high plastic boots that are now available for their visitors to use.  The weather forecast says that an even higher tide will come in later tonight.

In 2003, there was a massive infrastructure project which was to construct 78 floating gates to protect Venice’s lagoon during high tides. Unfortunately, it never ended up happening because there were scandals and delays.

entrance to the St Mark’s Basilica

Tourists walking with their raincoats, umbrellas, and boots